Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

A Guide To Window Sash Materials


Custom windows are big improvement for any home. The technologies use to build window sashes means that newer products have far better insulation and style. But, not all window sash materials are the same. There are many great materials on the market that you might need to research if you are going to install custom windows in your home. Here are three of the best window sash materials for modern window fixtures in residential properties.


Wood is, of course, a very old-fashioned material when it comes to windows. Many people, when they think about wooden sashes, imagine large and bulky windows that are hard to open and close. But, this is not the case with modern wooden windows. In fact, modern wooden windows are far more advanced in a number of ways. First of all, most wooden sashes are not 100% wood. They have an internal frame that is construction from fiberglass, metal or vinyl. This gives the sash more rigidity and strength. The synthetic core is covered with a wood veneer. So, the windows are made out of real wood, but only on the outside.

This means modern wooden windows have the great style of real wood, but the strength and functionality of synthetic materials.


Vinyl is one of the most common window materials these days. It comes in a wide range of styles and colors because it is made by so many manufacturers. Vinyl is also very affordable compared to most other sash materials. But, not all vinyl sashes are the same. Some vinyl products are thicker and have much better insulation. You can find a vinyl sash for pretty much any climate in the United States. You can also find a vinyl style that will fit with just about any home style.


Aluminum is still a very popular window sash material even though it has been largely replaced by vinyl in most residential construction. Aluminum is still very affordable but it doesn't have all of the perks of vinyl. Many people love aluminum because it has a more modern look. Since modern construction is very much in vogue at the moment, aluminum windows are making a strong comeback. Aluminum doesn't have the insulation ratings of vinyl, but it is strong and suitable for sashes of all sizes.

These aren't the only three window sash materials on the market, but they are currently the most common.


16 January 2019